Category Archives: Reuse Design

Searing House by outsider architect Bruce Goff asks for $975,000 – The Spaces

Photography: Eric Isaacson of SquareOne Media

Midcentury architect Bruce Goff built a plethora of organic buildings across the Midwest and beyond, combining imaginative forms with found and reclaimed materials, including ribbed Quonset huts, feathers and cullet.

Source: Searing House by outsider architect Bruce Goff asks for $975,000 – The Spaces

Hereford distillery opens tap room in former toilet block – BBC News

Paul Kenyon in his distillery

Paul Kenyon started distilling gin during lockdown

He admitted that the toilets in St Martin’s Avenue had once been “terrible”, but it was also ideal for his distilling needs because it had drainage, electricity and water. After removing the cubicles, he had it redecorated with reclaimed materials, including tin from a friend’s farm and reused coffee sacks.

Source: Hereford distillery opens tap room in former toilet block – BBC News

Sustainable Construction: How to Refurbish, Upcycle and Green Old Buildings – Bloomberg

Trilox

Tri-Lox reclaims timber from water towers that are being retired. Photographer: Arion Doerr/Tri-Lox

Extending the life of existing structures, making them more efficient and reusing materials when properties are torn down offers one of the clearest paths for decarbonizing a sector that single-handedly threatens efforts to keep global warming within the 2C limit set in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Source: Sustainable Construction: How to Refurbish, Upcycle and Green Old Buildings – Bloomberg

Winners of Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2022 revealed | Scottish Construction Now

Winners of Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2022 revealed

The ‘Pre-Landfill’ by Karlis Kukainis from Mackintosh School of Architecture

The Judges thought that this “playful project exhibits the art in architecture and shows that there can be fun beyond science”. It does this by testing the limits of reuse practices of reclaimed materials from demolished buildings which will be key to how we tackle the Climate Emergency.

Source: Winners of Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2022 revealed | Scottish Construction Now

“Brick toaster” aims to cut global CO2 emissions by 15% in 15 years

Rondo's "brick toaster" heat storage system is 98% efficient, and stores cheap renewable energy for industrial use at 20% the cost of an electrochemical battery

Rondo’s “brick toaster” heat storage system is 98% efficient, and stores cheap renewable energy for industrial use at 20% the cost of an electrochemical battery. Rondo Energy

These stoves are full of plain ol’ bricks, made out of plain ol’ clay, sometimes with a bit of sand in there, but certainly nothing special in terms of materials. Nothing toxic, nothing that decays over time. These bricks will still be storing heat just as well in 40 or 50 years’ time, when chemical batteries have gone through several generations of complex recycling.

Source: “Brick toaster” aims to cut global CO2 emissions by 15% in 15 years

YangNar Studio Converted a Pigsty into a Beautiful Tropical Home in Thailand

Reclaimed wooden walkways and shared outdoor spaces make up a lot of the reclaimed Kha-Nam Noi House.

Reclaimed wooden walkways and shared outdoor spaces make up a lot of the reclaimed Kha-Nam Noi House.

Thai architecture firm YangNar Studio recently completed “Kha-Nam Noi house” in the central province of Sing-Buri, Thailand, using an existing elongated pigsty as a shell for a series of comfortable living spaces made almost entirely with reclaimed materials.

Source: YangNar Studio Converted a Pigsty into a Beautiful Tropical Home in Thailand

Wind turbine blades could be recycled into gummy bears, scientists say | Wind power | The Guardian

Two gummy bears made from the composite resin that could be used to make wind turbine blades

Two gummy bears made from the composite resin that could be used to make wind turbine blades. Photograph: Reuters/John Dorgan

Once the blades have reached the end of their lifespan the materials can be broken down and recycled to make new products including turbine blades – and chewy sweets.

Source: Wind turbine blades could be recycled into gummy bears, scientists say | Wind power | The Guardian

Sustainable department store opens in Mayfair – TheIndustry.fashion

The Good Store “radically rethinks the department store”, with an emphasis on reuse and refurbishment. A range of plastic-free and sustainably sourced products are on offer, with the space also set to host informative educational events and services to guide consumers through eco-conscious choices.

Source: Sustainable department store opens in Mayfair – TheIndustry.fashion

Waste firehoses turned into outdoor furniture for Maggie’s Southampton

Woven red lounge chair with terrazzo sidetable by Local Works Studio

Integrated sidetables were added to the lounge chairs

“People who sit in the chairs and touch the surfaces can ‘read’ the story of the furniture and understand where the materials came from. This connection to place and the playful character of the furniture is a powerful antidote to the usual impersonal, sterile environment of a hospital.”

Source: Waste firehoses turned into outdoor furniture for Maggie’s Southampton

84 new manufacturing jobs are coming to Dale County

Encore International

The largest converter of reclaimed rubber in North America is coming to Alabama. (Encore International)

Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this company uses reclaimed materials to make flooring and surface products. Ecore International is the largest converter of reclaimed rubber in the continent, mostly using recycled truck tires.

Source: 84 new manufacturing jobs are coming to Dale County

Bespoke Torquay home revolves around recycled materials | news.com.au 

Mel and Jez Wright are selling the custom home they created at 29 Highlander St, Torquay.

Mel and Jez Wright are selling the custom home they created at 29 Highlander St, Torquay.

“I ended up ferrying 100 or so bricks in the back of a van and we’ve incorporated them into the walls of what we funnily call the rave cave,” she said.“It’s a space that we’ve created off the living area to house our music collection. And it’s got some thick sliding barn doors that Jez constructed from the wood that he’s collected over the years.

Source: Bespoke Torquay home revolves around recycled materials | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

Major construction firms team up to get the carbon out… | Canary Media

(Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

Production of cement, the raw material in concrete, accounts for between 7 and 8 percent of global carbon emissions today, due both to the fossil fuels used in its high-heat production and the chemical composition of the raw materials and processes that make it.

Source: Major construction firms team up to get the carbon out… | Canary Media

How to Salvage Building Materials: 5 Tips

Building materials at a scrap yard

Alan Schein / Getty Images

Reusing old wood, windows, metal, brick, and even concrete seems like a no-brainer (even some animals recycle used materials!), but it sadly doesn’t happen as often as it should. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, between 230 million and 530 million tons of construction and demolition waste are produced yearly in the United States.

Source: How to Salvage Building Materials: 5 Tips

‘Trash Has Value’: Black Woman Engineer Turns Plastic Into Bricks That Are Reportedly Stronger Than Concrete

Nzambi Matee, a 30-year-old who quit her job in oil and gas to work on her passion full-time, has created a lightweight and low-cost building material that is made of recycled plastic with sand to make bricks that are stronger than concrete material.

 

Source: ‘Trash Has Value’: Black Woman Engineer Turns Plastic Into Bricks That Are Reportedly Stronger Than Concrete

Big tourism boost for Mandurah as it welcomes Australian-first sculpture trail | Kalgoorlie Miner

Thomas Dambo’s troll sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. Pictured: his piece ‘The six forgotten giants - little Tilde’ based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Thomas Dambo’s troll sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. Pictured: his piece ‘The six forgotten giants – little Tilde’ based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Credit: Lars W. Jensen

Based in Denmark, Dambo is the world’s most prominent ‘recycle artist,’ best known for giant troll sculptures all made from reclaimed materials.

Source: Big tourism boost for Mandurah as it welcomes Australian-first sculpture trail | Kalgoorlie Miner

My Forest Cabin Is Built on Stilts With Recycled Materials

Alter cabin from Shoe Lake

Lloyd Alter’s cabin in Shoe Lake, Ontario, Canada. Lloyd Alter

The doors were grabbed from an office renovation, probably installed in the ’80s and replaced in the ’90s. The dining room table is cut out of a bowling alley, on a base my dad made; it was in his cottage for years. My dad also made the sideboard—it’s made from the floors of shipping containers.

Source: My Forest Cabin Is Built on Stilts With Recycled Materials

Maybe awards should celebrate co-operation rather than competition

Not to mention: What steps were taken to source reclaimed materials? How was the water footprint of the materials reduced? What was done to ensure that the extraction and processing of the materials caused no ill health in communities local to their manufacture? How was renewable energy generation capacity increased either on or off site? How did the project reduce the energy consumption of the building’s users? How did the project reverse ecological harms?

Source: Maybe awards should celebrate co-operation rather than competition

A Suburban Virginia Spec House That’s a Mix of Ultra-Modern Features and Reclaimed Wood From the Property

The rear of the home has multi-level patios and sitting areas and a heated pool and spa. Eddie Avenue Photography

This unusual new spec house in the Virginia suburbs offers an old-fashioned mix of hardwood flooring milled from trees on the property and reclaimed materials from the former house on the site that’s been paired with ultra-modern features.

Source: A Suburban Virginia Spec House That’s a Mix of Ultra-Modern Features and Reclaimed Wood From the Property

AJ Small Projects winner: How Akin Studio designed its treehouse on stilts

Akin Studio won the AJ Small Projects Award 2022 last week for its ‘treehouse’ in rural Herefordshire.

Have you learned anything in terms of materials on this project that you might use on other schemes? The clients are incredibly resourceful, and we learnt to embrace reclaimed materials, as well as the importance of reuse and considering the afterlife of building components. In the case of Drovers’ Bough, the exposed structural elements are all carefully bolted together allowing for future disassembly or replacement, and many parts of the project were made from surplus materials or reclaimed products.

Source: AJ Small Projects winner: How Akin Studio designed its treehouse on stilts

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Is Secretly One of NYC’s Most Wellness-Focused Retreats

Photo credit: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Photo credit: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will have you booking a room for the views of the eponymous man-made wonder yet reveling in the amenities upon your arrival. Billed as a hotel of “sustainable luxury,” the five-star hotel was designed by location artists using reclaimed materials and native greenery, lending to the tranquility of the space.

Source: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Is Secretly One of NYC’s Most Wellness-Focused Retreats

Linda Boronkay designs Osborn House – a whimsical country retreat in Australia • Hotel Designs

Image credit: Osborn House / Alan Jenson

“Just like a certain song or fragrance can have an incredible emotional impact on us, we believe design has the same power to evoke positive memories and feelings,” said Boronkay. “The combination of reclaimed materials paired with rich and tactile fabrics, curated objects from around Europe and personal touches in the different spaces will make you feel like you are being embraced by an interesting individual.”

Source: Linda Boronkay designs Osborn House – a whimsical country retreat in Australia • Hotel Designs

I make my fetish gear from recycled tires to help save the planet

G Martin in the warehouse where she sources her materials

The eco-friendly fashion designer sources her materials from a nearby industrial estate to create her looks.
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A London-based fashion designer is turning recycled rubber into 1970s punk rock-inspired accessories.East Londoner G Martin, 34, repurposed nearly 688 pounds of rubber that would be piling up in landfills by turning it into rockin’ recycled fashion pieces.

Source: I make my fetish gear from recycled tires to help save the planet

Main Street Arts Festival returns Thursday in Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Artist Dolan Geiman of Denver readies his sculptures and collages = made from reclaimed materials – in preparation for a past Main St. Arts Festival. The festival returns April 7 downtown.

In February, festival officials announced that PNC Bank signed on as a long-term supporting member of the festival.

Source: Main Street Arts Festival returns Thursday in Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Concrete Made From Old Tires Proves Tougher and More Sustainable – COOL HUNTING®

They monitored and compared the material’s performance, finding that the crumb rubber had higher impact-resistance, toughness, ductility, damping ratio and better thermal and acoustic insulation. “The results clearly show that crumb rubber cement is a viable and promising alternative to conventional concrete,” says author of the study Professor Yan Zhuge.

Source: Concrete Made From Old Tires Proves Tougher and More Sustainable – COOL HUNTING®

The Landfill of the Future | Hakai Magazine

illustration of blueprints over a photo of a landfill

He reflected on what this abundance of waste could mean in a region with limited economic activity. The result? An ambitious, wide-ranging waste management company Wiper dubbed 3F Waste Recovery. “3F is founded on the principle that every molecule that comes through our door, we want to have an application for it,” Wiper explains. “My vision is the landfill of the future—where producers can take anything they haven’t processed, to break it down into a form that has a function.”

Source: The Landfill of the Future | Hakai Magazine

How this scrap junkie turns old vans into unique homes and venues | Metro News

Stargaze Camperbus interior.

This van has a distinctive Nordic feel (Picture: D+)

‘It’s pretty tragic that there’s no second-hand market value as some vehicles might be 20 years-old but they only have only 40,000 miles on the clock. I guess we are scrap angels – we see their potential and love the challenge of giving them a new purpose by turning them into something fun, useful and really cool.’

Source: How this scrap junkie turns old vans into unique homes and venues | Metro News

Recycled Glassworks | Glass Plates, Glass Bowls, Glass Platters from Upcycled Windows – Recycled Glassworks

Square Platter “Honeycomb”, curved Serving platter 12″
Clear window glass meets wire. You’d swear the wire is still there. Believe me, it’s not — just its spectacular and forever glowing trace.

Every piece is cut from used window-type glass, and kiln-fired over molds that give them their new form, as well as a brand new life.

Source: Recycled Glassworks | Glass Plates, Glass Bowls, Glass Platters from Upcycled Windows – Recycled Glassworks

Brique-Recyc gives old bricks new life with innovative quick cleaning machine – constructconnect.com

Three years in the making, the patented machine cleans 99 per cent of a brick through a process involving a concrete grinder that allows the cleaning of the brick extremities.

COURTESY CAROLINE PERRON PHOTOGRAPHIES — Three years in the making, the patented machine cleans 99 per cent of a brick through a process involving a concrete grinder that allows the cleaning of the brick extremities.

Chifa says Maçonnerie Gratton calculates the brick recycling machine can eliminate up to 5.9 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the restoration of a 1,000 square foot brick wall. “Throughout Quebec and Canada this means a lot because we are all about bricks,” Stoia says. The recycling machine “sets the tone” for municipalities and the province to consider legislation on the reuse of construction materials. She adds recycling bricks for reuse helps to conserve Quebec’s architectural past.

Source: Brique-Recyc gives old bricks new life with innovative quick cleaning machine – constructconnect.com